Arts scene: Sounds of nature, author Lew Freedman, and the Painted Ladies

Arts Reporter
Elizabeth Peck of Atkinson, N.H., makes an oil painting of Matanuska Peak during a plein air landscape workshop taught by artist Caleb Stone of Massachusetts for the Mat-Su College at the Musk Ox Farm near Palmer on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.
People watch from the bank of the Kenai River near Copper's Landing, Alaska, Monday, June 21, 2004, as fishermen stand shoulder-to-shoulder to try to catch their three-fish limit of red salmon as the fish make their way to the Russian River. A strong first run prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to issue an emergency order opening to anglers an area upriver that is normally off-limits to fishing at the confluence of the Kenai and Russian rivers, drawing hundreds of fishermen to the area.


Kenai River memoir

Former Daily News sports editor Lew Freedman will sign copies of his new book "My Season on the Kenai: Fishing Alaska's Greatest Salmon River," 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Anchorage Museum and from 4-6 p.m. this evening at Fireside Books in Palmer. From April breakup to the onset of winter, Freedman's book chronicles the lore and lure of the renowned fishing mecca with its shoals of kings, silvers, reds and rainbows, swarms of mosquitoes, eagles and frantic anglers vying to catch the next record salmon.


Sounds of nature

For the past couple of weeks, Alaska-born composer Matthew Burtner has been hosting sound sculptors from the U.S., China and Australia in sound-collecting expeditions into Alaska's wilds. They've recorded, analyzed and endeavored to make music of the sounds of whales, seal, fish, glaciers and other natural noises, "imaginative music composed in collaboration with Alaskan ecology." At 7:30 p.m. on Sunday you can hear the results of the 2013 EcoSono Institute for yourself at Alaska Pacific University's Grant Hall Auditorium.


Brush with the wilderness

A mostly Alaskan, but semi-international, group called the Painted Ladies has been spending time outdoors, capturing the essence of Alaska in art made on the spot as part of the Great Alaska Plein Air Retreat. Participants from around the country have shown up to paint in select locations from Eklutna Flats to Talkeetna. They invite art fans to join their soiree, 4- 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Willow Creek Studio, 31391 S. Parks Highway in Willow -- that's Mile 69.5, right across the highway from the Willow Town Site. Meet the artists and take a look at the paintings made over the previous four days, including the 6-by-6-inch canvases executed for the studio's second annual Mini Masterpiece Competition.

Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham